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lucky wilbury
04-21-2004, 10:42 PM

Grand jury indicts Jackson
Wednesday, April 21, 2004 Posted: 10:18 PM EDT (0218 GMT)

SANTA BARBARA, California (CNN) -- A grand jury investigating allegations that pop star Michael Jackson molested a 12-year-old boy indicted him Wednesday. His attorneys said he would plead not guilty.

The charges contained in the indictment were not immediately known.

Jackson, 45, pleaded not guilty in January to seven felony counts of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 and two counts of giving the child an "intoxicating agent." (Full story)

The 19-member grand jury convened March 29 and met for 13 days to decide whether there was enough evidence to indict the singer. (Full story)

In the criminal complaint, prosecutors say the incidents for which the singer has been charged took place in February and March 2003 when the boy was 12.

Thomas Sneddon Jr., Santa Barbara County district attorney, said the complaint includes special allegations that could make Jackson ineligible for probation if convicted in the case, which grew out of an investigation launched following a documentary on the pop singer broadcast by ABC.

The complaint contends that Jackson "had substantial sexual contact with John Doe."

The charges against Jackson were filed in December, nearly a month after authorities raided his Neverland Ranch home. He has been free on $3 million bond since his formal arrest last November. (Background)

The 3,000-acre ranch is in Santa Barbara County, northwest of Los Angeles.

Grand jurors heard from more than a dozen witnesses, including the boy, his brother, mother and father and the mother's two attorneys, Larry Feldman and William Dickerman. (Full story)

Feldman represented another boy, 13 at the time, who leveled similar accusations against Jackson in 1993. The singer resolved that case out of court in a multimillion-dollar settlement, and no charges were filed. (Full story)

Psychologist Stan Katz, who reported the current child molestation allegations to law enforcement officials, also testified, sources said.

Katz said the allegations surfaced during a therapy session with Jackson's accuser, who had been referred to him by Feldman.

Feldman also referred the 1993 accuser to Katz, who reported those allegations to authorities.

Sources said other witnesses from the 1993 case have appeared before the grand jury as well, indicating prosecutors might have been attempting to establish a pattern of behavior by Jackson.

Jamie Masada, owner of the Laugh Factory nightclub and the man who claims to have facilitated the introduction of Jackson to the latest alleged victim, has likewise testified, said another source familiar with the case.

To encourage two former Jackson employees to testify before the jury, prosecutors have considered bringing charges against them of intimidating the family of the alleged victim, the source said.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles police said they were investigating new allegations of child abuse against Jackson from the 1980s.

One of the singer's lawyers said he expected the story will eventually be proved false, and a source told CNN there were "doubts" about whether the accuser was ever with the entertainer.

The one-paragraph statement from police said they were contacted by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office in March. (Full story)

Jackson's lawyers, Mark Geragos and Benjamin Brafman, called the new allegations a "smear campaign."

In a documentary made for Britain's Granada Television by journalist Martin Bashir, which was broadcast in the United States in February of last year on ABC, Jackson said he still allowed children to stay with him in his bedroom, despite the notoriety of the 1993 case.

"Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone," Jackson says in the documentary.

"You say, 'You can have my bed if you want it. Sleep in it. I'll sleep on the floor. It's yours.' I always give the beds to the company."

A grand jury investigating allegations that pop star Michael Jackson molested a young boy has indicted him.

04-23-2004, 01:02 PM
Indite the fucking parents of those kids as well.

04-23-2004, 06:44 PM
Originally posted by rustoffa
Indite the fucking parents of those kids as well.

Seriously. What did these people expect?

04-25-2004, 04:36 AM
Nobody knows whats the truth yet but it does look suspicious.